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TERRA - a Pictorial Impression of Proposed CMS Species

In his status as UN Environment Global Goodwill Ambassador, Yann Arthus-Bertrand was invited by Bradnee Chambers, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), to deliver the keynote speech on the opening day of COP12 in Manila, Philippines. Yann is also founder and President of the GoodPlanet Foundation. GoodPlanet has the mission to raise awareness and bring people to action on matters related to ecology and humanism. Consequently, Yann and GoodPlanet offered to edit a book showcasing the animals that CMS aims to protect: 35 new migratory species proposed to CMS Appendices I and II.

23 October 2017

WATCH: CMS COP12 Opening Press Conference

Local broadcast media and the national and international press were present in large numbers at the press conference held immediately after the conclusion of the opening session of CMS COP12.

23 October 2017

UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador Makes Impassioned Plea for Wildlife

On the opening day of the CMS COP, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador, was among the keynote speakers of the ceremony opening formal proceedings.
The celebrated film maker, journalist and environmental activist and founder of the GoodPlanet Foundation, pointed out that over his lifetime while the human population has increased threefold, wildlife numbers have fallen dramatically.

23 October 2017

The Risk of Renewables

Results from the first global scientific review of the impacts of wind farms on bird and bat populations could help guide the design and location of such facilities to reduce animal mortality from collisions. The study, published in September 2017, related collision rate to species-level traits and turbine characteristics to measure the potential vulnerability of 9,538 bird and 888 bat species globally.

13 October 2017

Promoting a Network Approach to Conservation

Migratory species rely on a network of interlinked habitats throughout their journeys, including for feeding, resting and breeding. But their dependence on multiple sites makes them particularly vulnerable: When one or more of these habitats is fragmented by a road or dam, for example, or destroyed by human activity, such as agriculture or mining, it can impact on the species’ long- term survival.

12 October 2017

The Climate Change Factor

Half of Canada’s wildlife species are in “serious and significant decline” according to a recent report by the World Wildlife Fund, which cites climate change as a key driver. The Living Planet Report Canada says: “Impacts are being felt across the country, from warmer and more acidic oceans to shifting seasons (and corresponding life-cycle events for wildlife species). Different species are feeling the effects in different ways. The most vulnerable species are long-lived, slow to reproduce, require specialized habitats and foods, and are unable to move in response.”

11 October 2017

TRACKS: The Inflight Magazine for CMS COP12

For the upcoming CMS Conference of the Parties (CMS COP12), the Joint Communications Team of the CMS and AEWA Secretariat decided to try to break new ground by producing a rather unconventional publication by abandoning the standard format for conference brochures. Considering the “air, land and sea miles” that some of the migratory species on the CMS Appendices clock up on their vast migrations every year, what would be more appropriate to emulate than an airline Inflight magazine?

09 October 2017

Klaus Töpfer Fellowship Programme Kicks off in Berlin

The Klaus Töpfer Fellowship Programme for future Leaders in Nature Conservation from countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia took place on 20 September at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety in Berlin. The Programme takes an integrated approach to the development of personal capacity of early-career conservation professionals, by combining technical learning, management training and network development support.

22 September 2017

Second Meeting of the Energy Task Force

the second meeting of the multi-stakeholder Task Force on Reconciling Selected Energy Sector Developments with Migratory Species Conservation took place at the UN Premises in Bonn from 14 to 15 September under the chairmanship of Jürgen Friedrich of the German Federal Environment Ministry. The meeting took stock of progress in the implementation of the Programme of Work, which was extended in time and scope to take account of the Energy Task Force’s broadening membership and remit as agreed at the first meeting in Cape Town last year.

21 September 2017

Fourth and Final Pre-COP12 Workshop Held in Brisbane

After La Paz, Addis Ababa and Bonn, the fourth and final pre-COP workshop was held in Brisbane, Australia from 28 to 30 August for representatives of CMS Parties in the Oceania region. Top of the region’s priorities were the marine species proposals, along with other marine issues, the need to link work done under CMS with other obligations relating to other international fora, such as the UN Oceans Conference, the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and other Multilateral Environment Agreements (MEAs).

04 September 2017